Dr. Nathan King is active in industry, practice, academia and policy, and works to create opportunities at their intersection. King is senior industry engagement manager for the Autodesk Technology Centers where he develops applied research within Architecture, Engineering and Construction, and contributes to the development of strategic initiatives related to robotics, automation, and the future of construction. Prior to joining Autodesk, Nathan was a director at MASS Design Group where he collaborated on the development of innovative building technologies, medical devices, and evaluation methods for use in resource-limited settings. Nathan’s work spans the globe with built work in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti, Sweden, Dominican Republic, United States and beyond. Currently, he holds an appointment as National Healthcare Infrastructure Advisor to the Ministry of Health of Zambia where he is working to introduce technology-enhanced construction processes for use in distributed healthcare facilities.
With graduate degrees in Architecture and Industrial Design, Nathan earned his Doctor of Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a focus on automation and robotics in design and construction. Nathan has taught in the foundations and architecture departments at the Rhode Island School of Design, at the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck. King is currently a faculty member at Virginia Tech where he is co-director of the Center for Design Research (CDR) and leads design technology and impact design initiatives, lecturer in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design on topics relating to automation in design and construction, and Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design in robotics and autonomous systems in design.